Mother Can Keep Baby Secret From Father, British Court Rules

A 20-year-old woman who became pregnant during a one-night stand does not have to tell the father of the baby about the child, a British court ruled Friday, according to a report published in the London Telegraph.

The woman hid the pregnancy from her family and friends and planned to put the baby girl up for adoption as soon as she gave birth. But advocates for the child argued that the woman's parents, and the baby's father, be assessed as possible caregivers before the child could be adopted, and a county court ordered that the grandparents and biological father be informed, the Telegraph reported.

The mother fought the order, and on Friday, an appeals court ruled that the mother had the "ultimate veto" about who should be told about the baby and banned social workers from finding the baby's father.

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